Homemade Cherry Chia Jam and My Favorite Breakfast Toast


My favorite gluten-free, dairy-free bread company, Canyon Bakehouse, has launched a FREE #ToastTuesday eBook. And I’ve got a new Cherry Chia Jam with Breakfast Toast Recipe to celebrate it!

Cherry Chia Jam Recipe and the Best Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Breakfast Toast

Toast Tuesday: A FREE Gluten-Free Recipe Ebook

The Toast Tuesday Ebook is completely gluten-free and filled with delicious inspiration. It isn’t strictly dairy-free, but all of the following recipes are:

  • Beet Hummus & Avocado Toast
  • Sweet Potato Cinnamon Raisin Toast
  • Chive Vegan Cream Cheese with Radish & Microgreens Toast
  • Avocado Toast with Blackberries and Almond Butter
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond Butter Toast
  • Everything Bagel Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese, Avocado and Spinach
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Marshmallow Toast
  • Blueberry Cinnamon Almond Butter Toast
  • Avocado Citrus Toast with Watercress and Mint
  • Soft Boiled Egg on Toast with Radish, Spicy Mustard and Chives

And if you’re an experienced dairy-free toast fanatic, I think you will find some of the other recipes inspirational and possibly easy to adapt! All of these recipes are just a click away. Get them here: canyonglutenfree.com/bread/toast-tuesday-ebook

Get the FREE Gluten-Free Toast Tuesday eBook (with many dairy-free recipes)

The Best Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Breakfast Toast

My cherry chia jam recipe is delicious as a solo spread on toast, but it’s also amazing on my current favorite breakfast toast:

  • Spread a  layer of your favorite peanut, tree nut, or seed butter on slices of dairy-free toast. For our household, I chose Canyon Bakehouse 7-Grain Bread. I’ve bought it several times since it is dairy-free and gluten-free (for Tony). It’s also nut-free, sesame-free, and soy-free.
  • Top the nut or seed butter with a layer of my Cherry Chia Jam (recipe below).
  • Slice a banana (I like ones that are firm and still a wee bit green), and place the slices over the Cherry Chia Jam.
  • Sprinkle on a nutritious dairy-free granola. I used the Speedy Skillet Granola (a 5 minute recipe!) from my dairy-free (gluten-free friendly) cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Meals, Snacks & Sweets.

Cherry Chia Jam Recipe and the Best Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Breakfast ToastThis cherry chia jam recipe post with breakfast toast and ebook details is sponsored by Canyon Bakehouse. But as always, the opinions are genuine and we hand pick the delicious products we support. I do buy their breads myself! 

Special Diet Notes: Cherry Chia Jam + Breakfast Toast

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.

Cherry Chia Jam
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Homemade chia jam is an obsessions of mine. It's delicious, so easy to customize, and provides great dairy-free nutrition. We enjoy it on dairy-free, gluten-free toast, like Canyon Bakehouse as is, or on the Breakfast Toast in the post above.
Serves: ¾ cup
  • 2 cups frozen dark sweet pitted cherries (see Cherry Note below)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar (for strict vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (see Chia Note below)
  1. Place the cherries in a blender or food processor and pulse 3 to 5 times to break them up.
  2. Scrape the frozen cherries into a saucepan. Add the honey and place the pan over medium heat.
  3. Bring the cherries to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. It should thicken just a bit and start to look syrupy.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.
  5. Stir in the chia seeds until well coated.
  6. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
Cherry Note: Dark sweet cherries are a type of cherry that is often sold frozen. Despite the name, they don't contain any added sweeteners. A 12-ounce bag will provide close to 2½ cups of frozen cherries, and a 16-ounce bag will provide a little over 3 cups. If you opt to use other cherries, you might need to adjust the sweetener and lemon juice, to taste. And if you use fresh cherries, you might need to adjust the chia see amount, too.

Chia Note: You can easily adjust the thickness of this jam. Simply add more chia seeds if it doesn't set up enough. They will absorb moisture even if the mixture is chilled. But if you add a few too many chia seeds and it sets up too much, just add a splash of juice or water.
Cherry Chia Jam Recipe and the Best Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Breakfast Toast

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. Jereann Zann on

    We are huge fans of Toast Tuesday! The Cherry Chia Jam looks ahhhmazing! Can’t wait to make some.

  3. Chia jams are my favorite. The bonus of jam with so little effort. I just saw this bread at Target the other day! Gonna need to give it a try!

  4. Chia jams are so easy and delicious. There is no excuse for not having beautiful, healthy jams all the time if you make them with chia.

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